Religious Formation

Circle of Grace 

On September 16th and 23rd, our children will be taught the Archdiocesan Sponsored Children’s Safe Environment program, Circle of Grace. The program is newly revised and updated. It was originally published in the Archdiocese of Omaha and is used in many diocese as well as other Christian denominations around the United States. 

The Key Concepts of the Circle of Grace are:

God is Present because He desires a relationship with us

  • God is with us when we are happy and sad. God does not cause bad things to happen to us. He loves us very much.
  • God desires to help us when we are hurt, scared, or confused (unsafe).
  • Having faith may not take away all of life’s struggles. It is because of these struggles, God promised to always “be present”; providing guidance and comfort in our time of need.

God helps us know what belongs in our Circle of Grace

  • Our feeling helps us know about ourselves and the world around us.
  • God helps us know what belongs in our Circle of Grace by allowing us to experience peace, love, or contentment when something or someone good comes into our Circle of Grace.

God helps us know what does not belong in our Circle of Grace

  • God desires to help us when we are hurt, scared, or confused (unsafe).
  • The Holy Spirit promptly alerts us that something does not belong in our Circle of Grace by giving us “a funny or uncomfortable feeling” that something is not safe. This feeling is there because God wants us to be safe.

God helps us know when to ask for help from someone we trust

  • God gives us people in our lives to help us when we are troubled or struggling with a concern.
  • God wants us to talk to trusted grownups about our worries, concerns, or “funny/uncomfortable feelings” so they can help us be safe and take the right action.

*From the Circle of Grace Administrators Guidebook, Revised 2018 

If any parent has a question or concern about the Circle of Grace Children’s Safe Environment program, please see Laurann Donahue, Director of Religious Education.